Interview with Diane C. Shore

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Joy runs deep when I'm writing, because the stories and words are about real life. I can't write unless I'm out with people, hearing about their lives, and sharing mine with them. Then, after spending alone time with God, reading the Word, and seeing how God's promises apply to life, I get inspired. The Word and stories flow together, naturally, and that brings great joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
I only need one fan in life, and that is Jesus. If my Lord is saying, "Well done," then all is well with my soul. Do I like when others are encouraged and excited about what I have written? Of course. But I have to keep my focus Heavenly, so the worldly does not trap me in its snare.
What are you working on next?
My first book, "It Started in the Dark," takes the reader through the first six months of the first year of grief. Now I am working on, "It Ended in the Light," finishing up that first year, leading the reader into a hope-filled future with Jesus.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hope. Eternal Hope. The Hope that this life is not all there is, and everything we do here is moving toward an eternity where pain and suffering will be no more. Amen, Come, Lord Jesus!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With family and friends. I love taking the grandkids for ice cream, or to have them over for swimming and ice cream. Ice cream is a main theme with Oma. (Grandma) And with friends--a good cup of coffee, and a good friend, talking about the things of God is one of the best ways to spend a morning or afternoon, or one that runs into the other. And I love Sunday! It's my favorite day of the week! Going to church with my husband, listening to a good, challenging sermon, and then enjoying breakfast together at an outdoor cafe'. Seriously, life is good!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Friends and family usually share with me what they are reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in grammar school. It was about a little girl who was riding along in a car with a friend's family, and the car was in an accident. It later turned out that the car they ran into was her family. I don't remember how it ended, but what I remember liking about it was the surprise twist in the story. I don't think my teacher was all that impressed, and I don't remember the grade I got on it, but I enjoyed writing it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the very first, but I loved Nancy Drew books. My mom says, to this day, that if I got a book on my birthday, or at Christmas, I was happy. I remember also loving a new box of crayons. I think "toys" today cost a lot more than what made me happy back then.
How do you approach cover design?
Very carefully! HA Actually not, we have designed just one cover so far, and my husband and I work together on it. He is the techie, and I sit next to him with the "artist" in me. We also show it to friends and family, and look for their input. They were such a big help on our first book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible (It's full of TRUTH)
The Wonderful Spirit-filled Life by Charles Stanely (It's where our exciting walk with Jesus really begins.)
Windows of the Soul - Ken Gire (It was a gift that God sent to me through a friend that inspired my writing.)
The Sacred Romance - John Eldredge (It's full of God's love for us, in so many ways.)
Heaven - Randy Alcorn (I want to know what our son is experiencing in Heaven. Randy shows what Scripture has to say about our future Home.)
What do you read for pleasure?
Most anything Non-fiction. I love books that challenge me in my walk with God. I want to learn, stretch, and grow each day.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Touch
Describe your desk
It's in the shape of my lap, and my fingers fly on my laptop!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Oakland, CA, so it's Raiders and A's all the way, win or lose. I lived in the Bay Area through 5th grade, and then moved to Fresno, CA where I stayed until I graduated from Bullard High School. At first I thought this didn't influence my writing, but then again, it did. I started going to Northwest Church in my mid-teens, met Jesus there, and He is my inspiration in all my writings.
When did you first start writing?
I probably always wrote, just like my granddaughter, Kylie. She loves to write and draw. I think it's in the blood from birth. Writing became a more serious adventure when our son went Home to Heaven. I used it as a healing tool, and as a tool for ministry to share Jesus' healing power with others.
Published 2014-09-01.
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Books by This Author

Impossible is Nothing
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 62,210. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
Who might have need of this book? Those poor in spirit The depressed Anyone fighting an illness, or helping someone who is Mourning the loss of a loved one, money, home, or job Those in need of comfort for enumerable reasons Someone living in fear The persecuted Addicts... Many are in a place that is impossible to move on from—but with an open heart and mind to God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
It Ended in the Light
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 123,310. Language: American English. Published: June 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Jesus doesn't want us in a pit of despair. He wants us to be in His arms of care. What is impossible for people is possible with God. Luke 18:27 (NIV) Grief seems an impossible journey when we first start down that long hard narrow road. It seems much more a destination we have arrived at, rather than a place we will travel through.
It Started in the Dark
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 82,430. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Death, Grief, Bereavement
A true story of what Jesus can do with broken heart. We all experience grief of some sort in our lives. Where do we find the healing and answers we are looking for? Will our joy return one day? Will the pain ever stop? How do we not give up? With Jesus, we not only have an eternal Hope in Heaven, we also have hope for each day we live. We can find that Jesus is enough!